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2013: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

So 2013 draws to a close, and everyone's putting up their best games and moments and such. I figured I might as well join in. It seemed like a quaint little idea. There's a problem though. As I've said in the past, I'm terrible with puttin...

 
 
 

Sui Generis Pre-Alpha Footage

It's shameless promotion time, everyone. While I had written something else for this week, it has unfortunately been put to one side for the time being. Instead, and because I don't already see it being mentioned, I wanted to bring a littl...

 
 
 

Front Loaded

Note: this post has spoilers for Fire Emblem: Awakening. First impressions matter. If a game fails to hook the audience then it can wind up being banished to the pit of the forgotten (though frankly, I have a soft spot for slow starting ...

 
 
 

My Top Ten Pokťmon

In case you havenít noticed yet Ė which is always a possibility Ė thereís a new Pokťmon game out. This means two things for me. Firstly, it means the Alt Gr key has seen a spike in usage. Secondly, and more relevantly, it means Iíve been po...

 
 
 

Avoiding the Hype Train

Hype is, without any doubt, among the scourges that I loathe the most in gaming. Whenever a game becomes the subject of ludicrous hyping, I lose all interest or desire to play it. People who fall for its honeyed words turn into frothy mout...

 
 
 

Top Five Emotional Moments

In my eagerness for the next Pokemon games, I couldnít be arsed to play anything that was worth writing about. To make amends, Iíve written up another top five, which isnít really a top five, because Iíll be buggered if I have to put in the...

 
 
 

Shadow Warrior 2013 Review

Iím not a terribly huge fan of first person shooters, but every so often a special exception comes along that I simply have to indulge. The new Shadow Warrior, developed by Flying Wild Hog, is one such exception, and for many good reasons (...

 
 
 

Golden Sun Retrospective

Note: this post may contain spoilers for Golden Sun and Golden Sun, the Lost Age. † This week instead of anything coherent I will grant you a lecture of personal history. Something close to my heart. Among one of my favourite games of all ...

 
 
 

Top 5 Final Boss Themes

Sorry, but thereíll be no game post this week. No particular excuse this time, but I do have something else up my sleeve. Again, itís a musical themed entry. I donít know why since I donít know anything about music, nor do I have any sort o...

 
 
 

Prison Architect Alpha Impressions

Prison Architect is a prison management game in development by Introversion Software. This is another game that does what it says on the tin and has you become the architect behind the prison. It's vital to note that this game is still in i...

 
 
 

Race the Sun Impressions

Race is the Sun is the recently released high speed score attack game by developers Flippfly. On the surface Race the Sun is a very simple game, featuring minimalistic controls and rules. Thanks to its procedurally generated tracks and pote...

 
 
 

Goldeneye Orchestral Cover Album

Sad to say there will be no game impressions or review from me this week. It was a case of depressed Monday, busy Tuesday, exhausted Wednesday, couldnít be arsed Thursday, write this up desperately Friday. Hopefully next week Iíll be back o...

 
 
 

Kerbal Space Program Impressions

Kerbal Space Program is a game in which you manage a space program in the hopes of completing the fevered dream of space conquest. While the game is incomplete Ė having only its sandbox mode currently Ė the developers, Squad, are promising ...

 
 
 

Impressions of InFlux

InFlux is a puzzle platforming game developed by a small group going by the name Impromptu Games, an indie development team based in Australia. InFlux invites you to explore a deserted landscape, solving puzzles in an abstract world. The ga...

 
 
 

Shantae Review

Shantae was a platformer originally released for the Game Boy Color in 2002 which has now found its way onto the 3DS e-shop for download. Developed by WayForward Technologies the game see you take the role of Shantae, a half genie who must ...

 
 
 

Having a Blast with Kokuga

Kokuga is a shoot 'em up game that was released for the Nintendo 3DS e-shop during June for the US and July for Europe. The game was developed by G.rev and Hiroshi Iuchi, who was also responsible for the shooter game Ikaruga. Kokuga sees yo...

 
 
 

Cube World Alpha Impressions

Cube World is a game that I've expressed an interest with in the past, and with the recently released public alpha I decided to pay my first visit to this voxel based exploration RPG and write up about it. For those who aren't aware of it...

 
 
 

Going Overboard with Capsized

Capsized is a 2d action platformer from Alientrap where you must guide a space traveler across the alien world he has crash landed on. Stunning level aesthetics, hordes of aliens to fend off, and puzzles to solve using a grappling hook, Cap...

 
 
 

Morrowind: Presenting the Lore of the Land

During the transition from Daggerfall to Morrowind the Elder Scrolls ceased to be a medieval fantasy and took on a life of its own. The island of Vvardenfell is the most memorable settings for an RPG I've ever had the pleasure of playing ...

 
 
 

Curious About Cube World

Cube World is a game that Iíve become fascinated with recently. It combines a lot of things I would like to see more of in games, so I decided to give some time to writing about why Iím so interested in it. Itís a voxel based exploration RP...

 
 
 

Legend of Zelda, Oracle of Ages Review

The Legend of Zelda, the Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons were originally released for the Game Boy Color back in 2001, more than ten years ago now. They have reappeared on the 3DS E-shop for download. Since I had fond memories of playi...

 
 
 

Fortis Rex Early Alpha Impressions

For this week, I decided to take another look at a project that got funded through Kickstarter. Coincidently, it was a game I also pledged to. This time the title is Fortis Rex, a fantasy RPG being developed in the Unreal Engine by Ancien...

 
 
 

Inquisitor Impressions: Interrogating the Inquisitor

This week I decided to turn my attention to game no one was expecting, Inquisitor. Developed by Cinemax, originally released in Czech it was eventually translated into English. Inquisitor is a top down RPG in a similar vein to the classics ...

 
 
 

Telepath Tactics Early Alpha Impressions

Telepath Tactics is the turn-based SRPG set in a strange steampunk world. Currently being developed by Sinister Design, this game was the subject of a recent successful Kickstarter campaign. Though their first attempt failed to raise the ...

 
 
 

Sword of the Stars the Pit is Not the Pits

Sword of the Stars the Pit, developed by Kerberos Productions, is a spin off title to the Sword of the Stars series of 4X strategy games. Sword of the Stars the Pit takes a much different form from the main games, offering up a roguelike se...

 
 
 

Not Being Silent on SimCity

Quite recently there was an article on Rock, Paper, Shotgun about how EA and Maxis are using silence to suppress talk of their blunderings in SimCity. This was something picked up and discussed by Jim Sterling, and I thought it would rath...

 
 
 

Fire Emblem Awakening Impressions

While it might not be as big as Mario or Zelda, Fire Emblem is a series that has been with Nintendo since the NES days, hidden away from western audiences for half its life until its second release on the Game Boy Advance. The fantasy turn-...

 
 
 

Reminiscing on Nostalgia

Recently I had the pleasure of reading an opinion piece from one of the developers of Anodyne, a game that wrote my impressions of a few week ago. The piece talks about the use of pixel art in modern gaming and defends the use of this sty...

 
 
 

Drifting Through Driftmoon

Driftmoon is the fantasy adventure RPG recently released by Instant Kingdom. This small, humble title tries to bring something refreshing merriment to the RPG scene. Put away your angst ridden mages and androgynous swordsmen and make a part...

 
 
 

A Thought for Bioshock Infinite

Did someone order a contrarian opinion of Bioshock Infinite? No? Well here is a shameless one anyway. Before I get onto Bioshock Infinite, I want to point to this old episode of the Jimquisition, in which Jim Sterling goes off in his us...

 
 

About Shuudaone of us since 5:34 PM on 03.27.2012

Online I go by the alias of Shuuda. I am currently living North Yorkshire, England. In 2011 I graduated from the University of Hull with a first class degree in Design for Digital Media, where I studied both the creative and theoretical sides of the digital technology and the internet.

As someone who is passionate about about video games than the fantasy genre, I am highly interested in how stories can be told through interactive media. I concern myself with how the genre is portrayed within the medium and its implications. I give it both criticism and praise, but mostly criticism. Writing fiction has been my hobby for many years, and I feel that video games have influenced and inspired the content of my work in recent times.

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